Households with a broadband connection
85% of Flemish households have a broadband connection
In 2018, 85% of Flemish households had a broadband connection. In 2005 that was 46%. No separate figures are available for mobile and fixed broadband for 2018.
In 2017, the proportion of households with a fixed broadband connection (82%) was almost equal to the proportion of households with a broadband connection (86%). Furthermore, in 2017 38% of the Flemish households had a mobile broadband connection, compared to 4% in 2010.
Fixed and mobile broadband more common in households with children and with higher income
The proportion of households with a broadband connection is higher among families with children. While 96% of families with children have broadband, that percentage is 81% for families without children. In 2017, this difference between families with and without children was bigger for mobile broadband (53% compared to 33%) than for fixed broadband (89% compared to 79%).
97% of households with an income of at least 3,000 euro had broadband, while 68% of households with an income up to 1,199 euro had broadband. For fixed broadband (93% compared to 61%) and for mobile broadband (52% compared to 21%) there is a difference between these two groups of around 30 percentage points in 2017.
Flemish Region at EU average level for broadband in households
The proportion of households with broadband is higher in the Flemish Region (85%) than in the Walloon Region (81%). In the Brussels-Capital Region, 84% of households have broadband.
Within the European Union (EU), the Flemish Region lost its leading position for broadband in households. In 2008, the Flemish Region and Finland jointly occupied the 4th place within the EU, but in 2018 broadband penetration is closer to the EU average. In the Netherlands, nearly every household (97%) has a broadband connection.
In the proportion of households with a fixed broadband connection, there were only slight differences between the Belgian regions in 2017. In the Netherlands (98%) and Luxembourg (94%), almost every household has a fixed broadband connection. In the Flemish Region 82% of households has a fixed connection. Strikingly, some front runners as regards broadband perform less well for fixed broadband. Finland (3rd place for broadband), for example, occupies the last place for fixed broadband within the EU.
In 2017, the proportion of households with a mobile broadband connection was higher in the Flemish Region (38%) than in the Brussels-Capital Region (24%) or in the Walloon Region (21%). In the EU that average is 42%. In Finland, which is the leader, 89% of the households have mobile broadband.